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My coop has a 3/4 plywood floor on blocks.  I have covered the floor in wood chips (pine shavings - soft flake - lowest dust) from Tractor Supply.

 

I am getting a large amount of dust on the feeders, water container, light fixture, etc.

 

Should I be worried about this affecting my chickens' health, and what suggestions do you have as to what to do about this?

 

Thanks,

 

DrCB

post #2 of 5

I have a lot of dust in my coop also, i also use the same pine shavings you do. You shouldn't have to worry about dust in the coop- its in every coop. If you see sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory infected symptoms you should worry, but a little dust won't hurt them. 

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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-byc-friends

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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks rodNTN, for your reply.

 

I just finished hanging a fan from the ceiling beam in preparation for the hot summer temps.  Perhaps that will help a bit with the dust.

 

DrCB

post #4 of 5
Our coop is also very dusty, I think a lot of it comes from the chickens dust bathing. Their dust bath is out in the run but they come in and shake-off. The first time I experienced it I was amazed! They've had no health problems. We do a major clean twice a year.

We use pine shavings as well.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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post #5 of 5

The dust shouldn't bother them, but if it bothers you, you could consider sand instead of pine shavings.

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